When I was at school food education was ok. It could have been better but it was ok. We made the odd apple crumble and they proved a potato contained starch by rubbing it on a piece of grease proof paper that was about it. They went into the science of how stuff grew, not why and the environment it was grown. Very little was taught about cookery.
The kids that I have spoken to speak very little about food education at their school. Not just cooking but the process of farming, how it’s grown, how it’s slaughtered, reared and how it ends up on shelves and inevitably on our plates.
So we have a problem.
There are kids coming through now that are born from a generation of people that never learned to cook, let alone having a passion for it.
We need kids cooking again in our schools. Kids learning about food. Kids understanding where our food comes from. What it does for our body and so on.
At the crab shed we love fish, of course. We also love our veg and responsibly farmed and butchered meats.(more on that next week) So we have been in contact with a local school to get kids involved in food … Getting interactive.
If this works and it filters into just one family to cook more or eat better then we have done our part. We will continue to work with other schools and also adults through our classes.
Our kids are the next generation of mums and dads and chefs!
We have a massive problem with obesity in this country. A lot of it I put down to a lack of effort from super markets and advertisers making it seem like there is never enough time in the day for cooking food. So they make fast quick meals that mean you don’t need to cook. Why bother!?
Therefore people don’t see what goes into their food. Need I mention a certain horse scandal?
Food education is so important. Not just for us but our kids too.
If things don’t change then we will never see a decline in diet related diseases.
It needs to start now.
Fish is an amazing source of protein and oily fish has the proper omega-3. Not the plant based stuff.
It’s not hard to cook either.
When cooking a fillet of fish lay it in a hot non stick pan with a little oil.
Don’t move it about, just leave it. This will crisp up the skin.
You will see the flesh start to turn white from the bottom and it will creep up the sides of the fillet.
Once it’s white just over half way up flip it over and take off the heat. The residual heat will finish it off. Easy!
Viva la fish!
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